Summer Holidays Are Here Again - Scotland and the North of England.

By Penelope Parkin, Zoe Graham and 24 Hour Museum Staff | 06 August 2003
Shows a photograph of a model of a dragon.

Photo: you looking at me? Just one of the scary Myths & Monsters waiting to meet you at Our Dynamic Earth. Courtesy of The Natural History Museum.

Let's start at the top at Dundee's Discovery Point where you can meet the crew of the magnificent Royal Research Ship Discovery that sailed to Antarctica in 1901 on August 9 and 10. (perhaps not the original crew - editor!)

And if that's not quite Arctic enough for you, make sure you pay the ship a visit on August 30 or 31, when a team of Siberian Husky dogs will be in town - let's hope for their sake this current heatwave has expired.

Only the bravest among you should check out Myths & Monsters at Edinburgh's Our Dynamic Earth every day until August 31.

Find out if St George really did kill a dragon, if yetis really do roam the mountains of Asia or just make friends with a cyclops.

Getting nightmares already? Don't worry, down at Arbeia Roman Fort you can ward off some of those evil spirits by making magic Medusa amulets on August 12. Or have the power of the universe at your fingertips on August 6 by making Roman god puppets.

Shows a photograph of two men dressed as Roman soldiers.

Photo: watch out, if things get out of hand up at Arbeia Roman Fort, these tough guys are on hand to keep the peace.

If you're really brave you could put your survival skills well and truly to the test with the help of some friends at Newcastle's Hancock Museum. See how you'd get on living as a cave person on August 12, 14 and 21, by preparing food, making tools and designing ancient clothes.

Moving down to the North West, The Lowry in Salford is giving over every Saturday and Wednesday in August (and Bank holiday Monday), to the 'Art Zone' - a free drop-in activity for families with children aged 5 - 12 years old.

Taking place in the Family Corner of the Galleries between 12 midday and 3pm, children can join in exciting art activities inspired by the current exhibitions.

Burnley Textile Museum has loads of activities from trails to craft, dressing up and reading for kids. The current exhibition 'Discover our Faces' shows the faces of people from Burnley as ghostly images on cloth and is the inspiration for a workshop to make faces yourself - this is a drop in session so just bring your imagination…

The one thing you won't hear at Castle Howard in Yorkshire this summer is 'Don't touch' as children are allowed to don white gloves and handle items from the house including statue fragments, wallpaper, paintings and upholstery.

Running until August 31, activities include decorating letters and envelopes in the style of the 9th Earl of Carlisle who would often adorn his children's letters with mythical dragons and toy soldiers. There'll also be croquet and quoits in the favourite play areas of children who've lived at the castle.

And when you've finished with the outdoor games you can join in the archaeological search for the lost village of Henderskelfe where the experts will teach sieving, pot washing and find identification.

Photo: there's always plenty to do at Eureka! The Museum for Children.

Over in Halifax, Eureka! The Museum for Children has plenty of opportunities for fun antics. 'All Stars' (until September 5) features balloon modelling, badge making, parachute games, story time fun and competitions.

'Company of Fools' on August 8,15, 22 and 29 gives you a chance to try your hand at juggling, plate spinning, Diablo, uni-cycling and other circus skills, while Moon Carrot runs Wednesday August 13,21 and 27 with magic and puppet shows for all the family.

Moving into South Yorkshire Doncaster Museum and neighbouring Cusworth Hall have various activities for kids and families during August.

There's a museum makeover at Cusworth on August 12 where visitors are invited to drop in and think how they would spend £7.5 million to give the hall a fantastic new look. All materials will be provided and the most inventive work will go on display.

On August 22 local artist Elvina Hulley will be inviting members of the public to take part in the creation of a great wall hanging for the Hall. On August 20, Doncaster Museum gets in on the act with two sessions on jewellery making for children aged 8 years and over. Throughout the summer both venues will also be hosting a special family fun quiz so there's no excuse to miss out on the fun.

Photo: they don't make 'em like they used to? Actually, at Crich Tramway Village, they do.

Young visitors to Crich Tramway Village in Derbyshire are promised a great time with the opportunity to make their own mini-trams to take home with them whilst being surrounded by the originals.

The 'Village', is open daily throughout summer and will be holding a host of activities to entertain children, including a 'Family Trail' through the turn-of-the-century trade exhibition and the 'Discovery Depot' - a huge indoor play area with ball pits, 'snakes' to weave through and soft shapes for the toddlers to enjoy safe play.

Of course, we can't tell you about every museum or gallery event, so click here for our Today's Listings page or get in touch with your local museum for the best holiday ideas this summer.

Please bear in mind that although every effort has been made to keep these listing up to date and accurate, some changes may occur. Venues may also have rules regarding supervision of children, so to be on the safe side please contact the venues concerned (see below) to check details and availability.

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